Gandzasar Monastery is the most significant shrine of Nagorno-Karabakh. The construction of Gandzasar began in 1216 under the patronage of the Armenian prince Khachensky. The monastery of Gandzasar, as well as hundreds of other ancient monasteries, testify to the thousand-year presence of Armenians in Karabakh and prove that the sacred Artsakh land from time immemorial has belonged to the Armenian people.
The word “Gandzasar” is translated from Armenian as “treasure mountain” (“gandz” means treasure, and “sar” – mountain). Armenian statehood in Nagorno-Karabakh. It is located near the village of Vank in the Martakert region, in the heart of the historical province of Khachen in Artsakh. Gandzasar Monastery is perhaps the most prominent architectural monument of Artsakh, which for a long time has been a symbol of Armenian statehood in Nagorno-Karabakh. Truly being a treasure, Gandzasar Monastery is “a pearl and encyclopedia of medieval Armenian architecture”.